Machen's warrior children...

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By the way, does everyone remember John Frame's essay "Machen's Warrior Children" in which Frame faults Reformed pastors for engaging in theological conflicts he himself has not initiated? Frame warns that such men have caught the contagious disease of J. Gresham Machen who, a century ago, struck a great blow in defense of God's sheep with his jeremiad, Christianity and Liberalism.

At the time the book was issued, Machen's fellow Reformed church officers attributed his reforming zeal to mere cantankerousness and they charged him with schism.

As the world watches Baltimore burn, Reformed men like Frame might be expected to speak out against the anarchy which has taken over Machen's beloved hometown. On the other hand, this would require Reformed men today...

to think Biblical thoughts about race and sex and the public square—and this at a time when Reformed men are in bondage to the fear of being accused of racism and sexism. Machen's warrior sons have learned their lesson. They are another category of man no longer found in Baltimore. 

Add the fact that the principal keepers of Machen's flame today are two-kingdom men who make a principle out of silence in the public square and it's clear why Baltimore has been given over to the degradation of being oppressed by children and ruled by women.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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